W-M BPA students attend national conference, finish in top 10

Nine of the Watertown-Mayer High School Business Professionals of America students attended the National BPA Conference in Orlando, Fla., May 8-12.

Watertown-Mayer Business Professionals of America students Allison Lague and Elizabeth Vouk show off their Ambassador Torch Awards that they received at the national conference earlier this month in Orlando. That is the highest award a BPA member can receive.

Watertown-Mayer Business Professionals of America students Allison Lague and Elizabeth Vouk show off their Ambassador Torch Awards that they received at the national conference earlier this month in Orlando. That is the highest award a BPA member can receive.

Members of the BPA’s Parliamentary Procedure team, including, from left, Ashley Kelzer, Devyn Giese, Aaron Sweeney, Abigail Hatling, Nicholas Tschida, Allyson Matrella, Kailey Carrabre and Allison Lague, show off their medals for finishing in the top 10 in the nation. (Submitted photos)

Members of the BPA’s Parliamentary Procedure team, including, from left, Ashley Kelzer, Devyn Giese, Aaron Sweeney, Abigail Hatling, Nicholas Tschida, Allyson Matrella, Kailey Carrabre and Allison Lague, show off their medals for finishing in the top 10 in the nation. (Submitted photos)

Kailey Carrabre, Devyn Giese, Abigail Hatling, Ashley Kelzer, Allison Lague, Allyson Matrella, Aaron Sweeney, Nicholas Tschida, and Elizabeth Vouk attended the conference. While attending the conference, the students competed in competitive events, worked as national interns, attended special awards sessions, networked with students and professionals from across the country, and enjoyed Orlando attractions.

Lague and Vouk received Ambassador Torch Awards at the conference. An Ambassador Torch Award is the highest individual award that a BPA student can receive. To receive this award, a student must complete many community service and BPA activities.

The students on the Parliamentary Procedures Team were national finalists in their event. To be a finalist and go on stage at the national awards ceremony, the team must place in the top ten at the national competition. Congratulations to Carrabre, Giese, Hatling, Kelzer, Lague, Matrella, Sweeney, and Tschida, who competed on the Parliamentary Procedures Team.

Vouk worked as an intern while attending the conference. Working as a National Intern, Elizabeth was able to gain working experience while networking and meeting students and professionals from across the country.

Thank you to the Watertown Lions Club, Mayer Baseball, American Legion, Royal Booster, and the Mayer-Watertown DandyLions for contributing donations to make this trip possible for the students. Also, thank you to Russ Runck and Steve Raser for volunteering your time and supporting Watertown-Mayer Business Professionals of America.

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